Limekilns, Haltwhistle Burn

Limekilns, Haltwhistle Burn, England

This morning, we undertook a fascinating walk along a valley at Haltwhistle in N.E. England. This us full of geology, natural history and industrial history including:

Remains of a colliery which ceased production in 1931 thus ending 300 years of coal mining in the area.

Former Colliery, Haltwhistle

Former Colliery, Haltwhistle, England

Line of a defunct narrow gauge railway used for transporting quarried stone and which closed in 1938.

Remains of a brick and tile works.

Brick and Tile Works, Haltwhistle

Brick and Tile Works, Haltwhistle, England

Remains of water driven water mill dating from 1762.

Sandstone formations.


Remains of extensive sandstone quarrying.

A layer of Lees Quarry coal seam lying on bed of sandy seatworth.

Seam of Coal, Haltwhistle Burn

Seam of Coal, Haltwhistle Burn, England

Heavily weathered sandstone cliffs.

Weathered Sansdtone Cliffs, Haltwhistle

Weathered Sansdtone Cliffs, Haltwhistle, England

A thin limestone slab featuring casts of animal trails dating back 300M years. These were originally made when the surface was underwater.

 300m Year Old Fossilised Trails

300m Year Old Fossilised Trails, Haltwhistle Burn

A tall chimney which was part of drift mine dating from the 1840s.


Remains of two limekilns dating from the 1830s.

Scenic View, Haltwhistle Burn

Scenic View, Haltwhistle Burn, England

Scenic View, Haltwhistle Burn

Scenic View, Haltwhistle Burn, England



This short walk of about 2 miles entailed straddling some 10m years of geological history.

Walk was aided by good weather.

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